I recently had the pleasure of attending the Edinburgh Fringe Festival: my first time at the world's largest arts festival.
Each year, our show spends one month under the Big Top – but it takes more than a year to prepare. Every season brings new opportunities, new challenges, and new memories. The Case of the Missing Bellhop sprang to life during a time of great change for Circus Flora, with our new permanent home and our earlier season. It’s my pleasure to share with our friends and fans this behind-the-scenes glimpse into our process.
I didn’t expect was the sheer joy I would have volunteering – and the start of a tradition that continues to this day. We all look forward to seeing our “Circus Friends” every year. The yearly Volunteer Dinner feels like a family reunion. I have made many wonderful friends among the other volunteers who are now a part of my everyday life.
We’ve got some incredible circus acts lined up: Roxane Gilliand on the Swinging Trapeze (without a net!), Yoyo the clown, The Flying Wallendas on the high-wire, The Alanian Riders who will perform acrobatics on, off, and under galloping horses, trained pigs, The St. Louis Arches, and trampoline acrobatics.
The magic of circus should be accessible to ALL! In that spirit of inclusiveness, we created the “Share the Circus” ticket donation program.
“Hospital clowning?! What’s that?” . . . is often the first response when I tell people about my job. So, let me tell you a little bit about our “Clowns on Call” program and our work with our primary partner, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
The venerable Circus Flora brings fresh acts, a sparkling new lead character and a charming story with a touch of Wes Anderson whimsy to its new permanent home in Grand Center. The result is a delightfully entertaining and fun to follow along mystery.
Aurelia Wallenda-Zoppe talks about high wire performances at Circus Flora
Circus Flora is a Theater Company, specializing in one-ring circus production, based on the focused energy of modern and traditional circus arts.
Circus Flora has been a St. Louis tradition for 32 years. Dana Dean discovered they're juggling a lot of new things this year.
Talent, charisma, and moxie are all parts of the magic puzzle that is Circus Flora.
Two on the Aisle covers Circus Flora's new show, the Case of the Missing Bellhop.